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Partner of ‘killer mum’ convicted of raping child

A man whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel is facing prison after using hypnosis and violence to groom and sexually abuse a young girl.

Martin Smith (45), who had regular access to the girl, abused her for almost a decade from when she was aged just seven, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The victim, now in her 20s, told the jury how Smith would attempt to hypnotise her, hit and bully her, to ensure she complied with his demands.

Smith's own daughter Rebecca (5) and son Daniel (11 months) were found dead in the Hotel Miramar in the resort of Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava on May 18.

Smith had been arrested in Spain on an UK extradition |warrant days earlier.

Their mother Lianne Smith (44) is being held by Spanish police on suspicion of their murder.

During the week-long trial Smith choked back tears as she gave evidence from Spain in support of her partner of 18 years.

The couple fled the UK in December 2007 after he had been accused of the child sex offences.

“We left to protect Becky, so ... sorry, we left to protect her from Staffordshire Social Services,” she told the court via videolink. “In particular to protect her from the social workers, who had a mission to take our daughter off us.”

Smith, originally from North Shields, was extradited to the UK to stand trial.

Yesterday a jury found him guilty of 11 specimen counts of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and indecent assault.

The defendant's lawyer, Kim Whittlestone, asked for a pre-sentence report — given the defendant faced a jail term “well into double figures”, she said.

Mr Justice Stephen Irwin replied: “I'm sure your client is aware a significant custodial sentence is inevitable.”

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